Tag Archives: Privacy

Oct. 2013 to Jan. 2014 China Bulletin

Amendments to the Consumer Protection Law will come into effect on March 15, 2014. They will have a significant impact on both online and physical retailers through articles shifting the burden to the seller to prove products are without defect, introducing punitive damages and damages for mental suffering, dramatically increasing administrative fines, and introducing a kind of class action. They also include substantial privacy provisions, giving consumers the right to protection of their personal information when buying and using goods or services, and setting out a list of data protection obligations that businesses collecting or using personal information must meet, whether the information is collected online or otherwise. Continue reading

June-July China Bulletin

In July, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology promulgated two new rules impacting information privacy – the Provisions on the Protection of Personal Information of Telecommunications and Internet Users (the Protection Provisions) and the Provisions on the Registration of Real Identity Information of Telephone Users (the Registration Provisions). These rules, effective September 1, add to the information privacy regulatory framework that China has been gradually putting in place since the late 1990s in the absence of a comprehensive privacy law. See our overview and update of PRC privacy regulations in the July 2012 Supplement and October 2012 China Bulletins. Continue reading